(Re)constructing Ageing Futures in/of Asia through Migration

Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho1, Dr Leng Leng Thang1, Dr Sylvia Ang1, Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho1, Dr Paul Green2, Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho1, Dr Tuen Yi Chiu4, Dr Johanna Zulueta3

1National University Of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore, 2University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 3Soka University, Hachiōji, Japan, 4Lingnan University, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Chair: Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee-Ho


As societies in the Asia-Pacific age, the demographic transitions they experience are intertwined with societal changes brought about by migration inflows and outflows too. In coping with the twin challenges of ageing and migration in the present, what are the implications for futures in/of Asia? How do older migrants engage with futurity in their everyday lives, navigating across space and time? Our panel considers these lines of inquiry through four interlinked presentations. Together, the four presentations address existing themes in migration and ageing studies concerning international retirement migration, lifestyle migration, grandparenting migration, and care for stay/left-behind older persons. Collectively, the presentations extend directions for inquiry by challenging a perceived divide between productive/retired lives; investigating older migrants’ life course negotiations as they negotiate uncertain futures of moving between countries; and weighing up the emotional gains and losses that such migrants envision could happen to them and their loved ones ageing across borders later in life. Our panel contributes to critical insights in ageing studies, migration studies, as well as responds to growing interest in the field of futures studies in the wider social sciences.


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